Event Title

Concurrent Sessions A: Meeting the Needs of Returning Military Veterans: The At Ease Project

Location

Room 162 Campus Center University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Event Website

http://www.umass.edu/sbs/news_events/news_stories/student_success_conference/first_annual_home.htm

Start Date

8-10-2010 9:45 AM

End Date

8-10-2010 10:45 AM

Description

With the recent implementation of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, military veterans are entering college campuses at a greater rate than ever before. Not all institutions are ready to meet and respond to the needs of our country’s veterans. The goal of the At Ease Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is to create and test a replicable model of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) college success program for returning combat veterans with disabilities. The project utilizes “wraparound” interventions, surrounding veteran students with a welcoming environment; supportive faculty; intensive pre‐enrollment preparation; ongoing academic support through tutoring, mentoring, and advising; and networking opportunities with other veterans. STCC has designed a model for community colleges that drastically increases the enrollment and graduation rates for veterans with disabilities in STEM certificate programs. Staff from the project will share their experiences working with military veterans and identify challenges and obstacles in developing a veteran‐friendly campus.

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Oct 8th, 9:45 AM Oct 8th, 10:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions A: Meeting the Needs of Returning Military Veterans: The At Ease Project

Room 162 Campus Center University of Massachusetts - Amherst

With the recent implementation of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, military veterans are entering college campuses at a greater rate than ever before. Not all institutions are ready to meet and respond to the needs of our country’s veterans. The goal of the At Ease Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is to create and test a replicable model of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) college success program for returning combat veterans with disabilities. The project utilizes “wraparound” interventions, surrounding veteran students with a welcoming environment; supportive faculty; intensive pre‐enrollment preparation; ongoing academic support through tutoring, mentoring, and advising; and networking opportunities with other veterans. STCC has designed a model for community colleges that drastically increases the enrollment and graduation rates for veterans with disabilities in STEM certificate programs. Staff from the project will share their experiences working with military veterans and identify challenges and obstacles in developing a veteran‐friendly campus.

http://scholarworks.umass.edu/studentsuccess/2010/Oct8/26